Some traditions explain the origin of natural phenomena. Pāoa was said to have created three rivers by urinating, including the Waipāoa (literally the water of Pāoa). This song, ‘Ka haramai a Pāoa’ (the arrival of Pāoa), tells of this and his other exploits.
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